Unemployment

Wash. Unemployment
4:50 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Wash. Unemployment Rate At 8.2%

Improvements to Washington’s job market will likely mean a shrink in unemployment benefits. Last month the state added an estimated 4,200 jobs, improving the unemployment rate by .2% since January. It’s now at 8.2%.

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National Guard Unemployment
5:17 am
Mon March 12, 2012

National Guard Soldiers Request Deployment In Face Of Job Market

Spc. David Hampton, 21, returned to Hayden, Idaho, in September and is still looking for work.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - A few months ago, two northwest soldiers returned from Iraq with their National Guard unit. Both started looking for new civilian jobs. Neither is satisfied with what they found. Correspondent Jessica Robinson recently checked in with them and discovered that both soldiers are now thinking about signing up for another overseas tour with the military.

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Wash. Unemployment
4:13 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Washington Unemployment Drops To 8.3 Percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s economy is looking up. New numbers out Wednesday show the state’s unemployment rate is down to 8.3 percent. The January number is 0.3 percent lower than the unemployment rate for December.

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Our Northwest Economy
11:18 am
Tue May 25, 2010

Idaho To Phase Out Paper Unemployment Checks

Jobless people in Idaho will start to see a major transition in its unemployment system. Idaho is phasing out paper unemployment checks and phasing in a system that puts benefits on debit cards. It becomes the second Northwest state to do so.

About one-third of Idaho's 44,000 unemployed people already have their weekly benefits put into some sort of electronic account. Now, Labor Department spokesman Bob Fick says Idaho's moving the other two-thirds that still receive paper checks to the state-issued debit cards.

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Our Northwest Economy
12:16 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Washington's Jobless Rate Falls For First Time In Three Years

Washington jobless falls first time in three-plus years. Washington employers added 5,800 new jobs in April, lowering the state's unemployment rate for the first time in more than three years. Unemployment statewide fell to 9.2 percent from 9.5 percent reported in March.

The Employment Security Department's Jamie Swift says that Washington has posted a net gain of nearly 15,000 new jobs this year.

Jamie Swift: “Seeing the unemployment rate come down finally after three long years is welcome news. It's definitely a sign that our economy is turning around.”

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Our Northwest Economy
12:13 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Oregon Unemployment Rate Stuck at 10.6 Percent

The Oregon employment department released job data for April today/ yesterday [Tuesday]. As Amelia Templeton of OPB reports, unemployment in the state is still stuck at 10 and a half percent. 

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Our Northwest Economy
11:33 am
Fri May 7, 2010

Idaho Jobless Rate Drops For Second Consecutive Month

Idaho's unemployment rate made its largest one month fall in more than a quarter century. The three-tenths of one percent decline in April puts the jobless rate at 9.1 [nine-point-one] percent. That's the lowest in the Northwest…and it's Idaho's second monthly decrease in a row. Bob Fick from the state Labor Department says employers aren't hiring in large numbers. But he says temporary agencies are getting busier.He says employment growth this spring almost looks normal.

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